If you’re wondering if you should make this, well, you should. It made my non-paleo friends even happy. That’s how you know you’ve done something right.

I do not feel well. Like at all. I did Fran yesterday and am coughing up things that remind me of oyster mushrooms. At least I like oyster mushrooms. I feel like I was run over by a large male. Or sacked by a small lineman. I don’t even know what that means. I just know that it tastes like pennies in my mouth and I didn’t PR in my time. Why does not pr-ing suck so bad? Why does it make you feel instant depression? I don’t get it. Whatever. Thankfully I get my hair done on Thursday so that will make everything better. It’s a scientific fact that people have better Fran times with well dyed roots.

The only thing that’s really important right now is that the last movie in the Twilight series comes out this week. I am just giddy. Thrilled. Enthralled. Bedazzled. Any odd word you can think of, that’s what I am.

I figured out the only reason why having a boyfriend would be nice. Fitted sheets. Putting on fitted sheets is really no fun by yourself. And it takes double the time. Maybe i can find a fill-in man just for that duty. I’m gonna keep my eye out.

And if I can’t find that, I’ll just eat Goodbody Baked Goods and act like those are my boyfriend. That doesn’t help with my fitted sheets, but I’ll survive. Anywho, I have closed the Goodbody Giveaway and sent the 3 winners emails. If your name is Lisa, Keely, or Alex, you better check your email, EVEN SPAM. I could be confused as spam. Pale OMG. That’s offensive to some. Even email.

And if you weren’t a winner, don’t you worry your little bum bum off. You can purchase Goodbody Baked Goods at Abe’s Market {NO LONGER AVAILABLE}.

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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cheesecake

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  • Yield: 4-6 1x



For the crust

For the filling

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch of salt


  1. Let’s first make the crust!! Add walnuts to your food processor and blend until you get a meal, almost a walnut butter. Then add the rest of your crust ingredients and blend until well combined.
  2. Add crust mixture to an 8×8 glass baking dish lined with saran wrap, press down until evenly distributed and smooth on the top.
  3. Wipe out the inside of your food processor, no need to scrub, then add your cashews and blend until you begin to get a clumpy mess.
  4. Then add your coconut oil, lemon juice, vanilla extract and honey and puree until well combined.
  5. And lastly, add your coconut milk, 1 tablespoon at a time to break down the cashews completely. I used about 5 or 6 tablespoons for mine until the cashews became this soupy paste.
  6. Pour your filling onto the crust and use a knife or spoon to spread mixture throughout the entire pan, covering the crust, then place in the freezer for about 1-2 hours or until completely hard.
  7. When you cheesecake is almost hardened, add all topping ingredients to a food processor and mix until smooth and silky.
  8. Smooth out on top of your cheesecake.
  9. Place it freezer for about 30 minutes until everything has set.
  10. Cut cheesecake into cheesecake slices like I did OR bars, any size you want. The saran wrap will help you pull them out without destroying their gorgeous looks. Just pull on the side of the saran wrap and it will pop right out.
  11. Eat. Eat and remember how wonderful it is to be paleo.

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  1. Sue says:

    Thank you! I made this recipe from a different website for Thanksgiving dinner today and it omitted the pumpkin layer. The cheesecake is in my fridge and now I can add the best part.

  2. Tash says:

    Re: Lungs on fire after Fran… I fee your pain.. Why does this ALWAYS happen? And without even achieving a PR… That sucks! I hope you managed to smash it with freshly dyed roots!
    I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend for our Canadian Thanksgiving dinner we are hosting down here in Australia.. Some paleo folks, some not… I am sure it will be a hit either way!
    Thanks for always sharing such awesomeness!

  3. Connie says:

    I made this for a recent holiday party; I knew we needed to make something special, the founders on the Non-GMO Project were coming to dinner! Their comments, “Are you a raw food chef?”, “This is the most satisfying dessert experience I have ever had!” FIVE STARS!

  4. K mother says:

    Do you soak the cashews? Every other cashew cheesecake says to soak thm? Love to not have to!! Thanks!

    1. juli says:

      I’ve done it both ways! Soaking gets it a little creamier

  5. Tiffany says:

    Your recipe instructions say to add pumpkin puree to the filling but it isn’t listed in the ingredients list. I wen t ahead and added it to the cashews and it made it creamier but I just winged it and was wondering what the actual amount should be. Thank you for your help!

    1. juli says:

      The pumpkin puree is for the topping, not the filling. Steps 3-6 are for the filling. After its been frozen you make the topping that includes the pumpkin puree in steps 7-9.

  6. Kolby says:

    This is amazing. I’ve made it twice now and everyone seems to really love it. yum yum yum!

  7. Valerie says:

    LOVE!!!! Just made this for tomorrow and it’s in the freezer but I’ve licked all the spatulas as I made the 3 layers (naturally, right!?!) and omg…..I know it’s going to be amazing just by the “licking the bowl clean” 🙂 I’ll post pics tomorrow for sure! Thx Juli!!

    1. juli says:

      i did the same thing when i made it today too lol, hope you love it Valerie!!